The Embassy of the United States is pleased to announce upcoming presentations on the War of 1812 by Pulitzer Prize winning historian Dr. Alan Taylor. Dr. Taylor will be in Canada in September as part of a speaking tour which will take him to Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto and Halifax. He is travelling to Canada under the auspices of the United States Embassy.
About ALAN TAYLOR
Born in Portland, Maine on June 17, 1955, Alan Taylor attended Colby College, graduating in 1977. After serving as a researcher for historic preservation in the United States Virgin Islands (1977-79), he pursued graduate study at Brandeis University, receiving his Ph.d in American History in 1986. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Early American History and Culture (Williamsburg, Virginia), he taught in the history department at Boston University from 1987 to 1994. Since 1994, he has been a professor at the University of California at Davis, where he teaches courses in early American history, the history of the American West, and the history of Canada.
He is also active in California State Social Science and History Project.
This project provides curriculum support for K-12 teachers in history and social studies. In 2002 he won the University of California at Davis Award for Teaching and Scholarly Achievement and the Phi Beta Kappa, Northern California Association, Teaching Excellence Award.
Taylor is the author of six books: Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820 (1990); William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early Republic, (1995); American Colonies (2001); Writing Early American History (2005); The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution (2006); and The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies (2010).
William Cooper’s Town won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for American history – in addition to the Bancroft and Beveridge prizes. American Colonies won the 2001 Gold Medal for Non-Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California.
The Divided Ground won the 2007 Society for Historians of the Early Republic book prize and the 2004-7 Society of the Cincinnati triennial book prize. The Civil War of 1812 examines the political rupture of North America wrought by conflict between the American republic and the British Empire.
He is also a contributing editor for The New Republic and reviews books for that journal.”